Chronic Pain

Doctors Are Cutting Off Opioids, Leaving Millions of Patients Facing Pain and Withdrawal

Chronic Pain - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:25

Six months after surgery to repair a damaged urinary tract in 1998, computer technician Doug Hale woke one morning with excruciating, burning pain. Hale's suffering persisted for years, despite all sorts of treatments.

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Lynn doctor to take up painting after 40 years in medicine

Chronic Pain - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 21:33

Dr. Michael Schrenko will retire at the end of the month after practicing medicine for nearly four decades in Lynn. For 38 of his 42 years as a general practitioner, the Pennsylvania native has operated a solo private practice on Ocean Street, serving generations of families.

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Spinal cord stimulation may reduce neuropathic pain

Chronic Pain - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:41

Spinal cord stimulation effectively reduces chronic pain symptoms in individuals with painful diabetic polyneuropathy , according to a study published online Nov. 6 in Diabetes Care . Maarten van Beek, from Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and colleagues performed a prospective multicenter study to examine the long-term effect of SCS on pain ratings, treatment success and failure, and complications in 48 patients with PDPN.

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Tackling chronic pain

Chronic Pain - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 12:38

Imagine a tooth ache - a really bad toothache. Now imagine that you couldn't get any relief from the constantly throbbing pain of that toothache.

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Acupuncture found to provide pain relief

Chronic Pain - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 02:04

You do not need to look very far to see a news story about "the opioid epidemic" that has developed, at least in part, because of the effort to treat chronic pain.

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November 18, 2017Health Ministry addresses opioid crisis to avert US-level epidemic

Chronic Pain - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 19:09

As the United States struggles to grapple with its escalating opioid epidemic, Israel's Health Ministry is working to contain an opioid-fueled crisis of its own before it, too, reaches epidemic proportions. Citing a 150% spike in addictions to opioids over the past five years, Paola Rosca, head of the ministry's Department for the Treatment of Substance Abuse, said last week that she is working closer than ever with physicians and patients to curb prescriptions.

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A scientist who finds pharmaceutical promise in the venom of cone snails

Chronic Pain - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 14:47

Nestled inside its bright, patterned shell, the cone snail cuts a familiar figure in tropical waters - you may have even collected its shell on a walk along the beach. But watch your touch - every species of cone snail is venomous, and some, like Conus geographus , can even kill humans.

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Doctors Are Turning To Marijuana To Treat Opioid Addiction

Chronic Pain - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:06

Doctors that were previously reluctant to support the use of medical marijuana, are now advocating for cannabis as a safe and effective way to treat chronic pain without additive opioids. Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, a renowned surgeon in Chicago, is pushing the state of Illinois and his colleagues in the medical community to expand access to the state's medical marijuana program in an effort to reduce dependence on opioid painkillers.

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Wearable PlayMakar EMS + TENS Unit Offers Pain Relief for Athletes On the Go

Chronic Pain - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:14

The wearable PlayMakar Wireless EMS + TENS Unit , part of the iReliev brand of products from ExcelHealth, is designed offer muscle conditioning, as well as relief from acute and chronic pain symptoms such as arthritis, for users on the go. "The PlayMakar Therapeutic Wearable System is a solution to many seeking prescription strength TENS and EMS without wires," says Mike Williams, CEO of ExcelHealth, in a media release.

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FDA issues warning of death, illness over herbal supplement kratom

Chronic Pain - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:03

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a public health warning about kratom , an herbal supplement used by some to treat chronic pain, help with opioid withdrawals, and is used recreationally. There have been 36 deaths associated with kratom in the US, and the FDA says, hundreds of calls made to poison control centers.

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Patient says she has nowhere to go when pain clinic closes

Chronic Pain - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:17

Kayla Hounsell has been a journalist for more than a decade. She covers a wide range of issues and welcomes story ideas at kayla.hounsell@cbc.ca.

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Preparing for the Opioid Litigation Epidemic

Chronic Pain - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:31

According to almost every major media outlet, America is now in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis. People across the U.S. are developing dependencies, and even overdosing, on opioids: drugs like OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Morphine and Heroin.

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Dartmouth Pain Clinic closing after losing both doctors

Chronic Pain - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:44

The Dartmouth Pain Clinic is closing, forcing hundreds of people suffering from chronic pain to join the two-year waiting list to see a doctor at the Halifax Pain Clinic, the Nova Scotia Health Authority said Thursday. "The two physicians who work in the Dartmouth Pain Clinic will not be offering services after Dec. 31, 2017," health authority spokesperson Theresa Hawkesworth said.

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Cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain-can CBT help fight the opioid epidemic?

Chronic Pain - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:56

By teaching patients better strategies for coping with chronic pain, cognitive behavioral therapy is a valuable treatment alternative for the millions of Americans taking opioids for noncancer pain, according to an article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice . "Cognitive behavioral therapy is a useful and empirically based method of treatment for pain disorders that can decrease reliance on the excessive use of opiates," write Drs.

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Cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain -- can CBT help fight the Opioid epidemic?

Chronic Pain - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:56

Nov. 9, 2017 - By teaching patients better strategies for coping with chronic pain, cognitive behavioral therapy is a valuable treatment alternative for the millions of Americans taking opioids for noncancer pain, according to an article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer .

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain - Can CBT Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic?

Chronic Pain - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:56

November 9, 2017 By teaching patients better strategies for coping with chronic pain, cognitive behavioral therapy is a valuable treatment alternative for the millions of Americans taking opioids for noncancer pain, according to an article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer .

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Critical Contrast: Lombard Medical

Chronic Pain - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 05:20

Lombard Medical and Nevro Corp. are both medical equipment, supplies & distribution - nec companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk. This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Lombard Medical and Nevro Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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'I'm not a druggie': Nova Scotian travels to U.S. to fill opioid prescription

Chronic Pain - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:50

Moira Donovan is a journalist with CBC Nova Scotia. She's worked in Lyon, London and now reports from Halifax.

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Biofeedback Equipment Market to increase rapidly by 2027

Chronic Pain - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:09

Biofeedback is a self-regulation technique that trains patients to voluntarily control certain bodily process that is involuntary to improve their mental, physical and spiritual health such as blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature and muscle tension and is done by using specialized biofeedback equipment, which allows patients to look inside their bodies. More than 15 million people in America are suffering from urinary incontinence and according to the Agency for Health Care and Research has suggested biofeedback equipment for the treatment of urinary incontinence.

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MUSC researchers want to know if brain stimulation can treat chronic pain without medication

Chronic Pain - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 14:12

A diagram of the brain and correlating body parts hangs in the lab where transcranial magnetic stimulation technology is delivered at MUSC. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff The Medical University of South Carolina is using transcranial magnetic stimulation technology to study the effect this treatment has on chronic pain.

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